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Collecting Primitive Kitchen Tools

Collecting Primitive Kitchen Tools

By David Moore Primitive kitchen tools have always been a great collecting standard. These old utilitarian antiques of the late 18th to mid-19th centuries are great to look at and make wonderful displays. Build-Your-Own and Back Again The Industrial Revolution started in the 1790s in England. In the United States the Industrial age caught on […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Wild West Show photo, $15,600, Cowan’s Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Wild West Show photo, $15,600, Cowan’s Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An albumen photograph of Western legends “Wild Bill” Hickok, “Buffalo Bill” Cody and “Texas Jack” Omohundro, from Cody’s personal collection and documenting the birth of the Wild West Show, sold for $15,600 at a Summer American History Premier Auction held June 22nd by Cowan’s […]

Necessity's Children

Necessity's Children

Highlighting Some Weird and Wonderful Early Gadgets Exploring Antique Technologies By Kary Pardy As a collector, chances are good that you’ve run across several items in old homes, flea markets, or antique stores that boggled the mind. These objects from past eras seem irreconcilable with our own and often end up displayed rather than being […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Anti-slavery flag banner, $46,800, Jeffrey S. Evans

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Anti-slavery flag banner, $46,800, Jeffrey S. Evans

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A rare and historically important anti-slavery flag banner sold for $46,800 at an Americana & Fine Antiques Auction held June 22-23 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a diminutive Stirewalt family paint-decorated box changed hands for $38,025; a Haida […]

Hand Saws: A Primitive Tool on the Cutting Edge

Hand Saws: A Primitive Tool on the Cutting Edge

by Maxine Carter-Lome One of the earliest and simplest of tools known to man is the hand saw. Its use dates back to the Neolithic or later Stone Age (before the discovery of metals), when only the crudest of implements were constructed, making the hand saw a most primitive tool in all sense of the […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Ruth / Gehrig signed ball, $42,962, Goldin Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Ruth / Gehrig signed ball, $42,962, Goldin Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 1927 OAL Ban Johnson baseball signed by New York Yankee sluggers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig sold for $42,962 in an online auction held June 23rd by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a nearly complete set (93/96) of 1959 Fleer Three […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: French 18th century corkscrew, $17,000, CollectorCorkscrews.com

Gavels 'n' Paddles: French 18th century corkscrew, $17,000, CollectorCorkscrews.com

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An 18th century French sheathed corkscrew dating to the Louis XVI period sold for $17,000 in an international online auction held in April by CollectorCorkscrews.com. Also, an 18th century French sheathed fish handle corkscrew finished at $4,300; an 18th century silver combination corkscrew and […]

Publishers Corner: September 2018

Publishers Corner: September 2018

Restyling the Word “Primitives” Maxine Carter-Lome In the evolution of any industry new words emerge to identify and define products and trends that shift the marketplace and seek to broaden its appeal. In the antiques world, its words such as “Upcycled,” “Repurposed,” “Salvage,” “Vintage,” “Americana,” and “Primitives” that are making ‘old things’ and ‘antiques,’ hot […]

Antiques Peek: August 2018

Antiques Peek: August 2018

The Art of Native American Sand Painting by Jessica Kosinski Among the many traditions of the American Southwest are Native American traditions steeped in cultural significance. One of those traditions is the creation of sand paintings. Sand paintings are beautiful and highly collectible works of art today. However, the original purpose of sand painting among […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Navajo child’s blanket, $93,750, John Moran

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Navajo child’s blanket, $93,750, John Moran

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Navajo classic period child’s wearing blanket, mid-19th century, with cochineal and indigo dyes, sold for $93,750 at a biannual Art of the American West and Turn of the Century Design auctions held June 19th by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, a […]